Never handle bats unless you are a vaccinated wildlife carer. A small percentage of bats are known to carry Australian Bat Lyssavirus, which is dangerous to humans.
If you are scratched or bitten by a bat, you must seek medical attention without delay, and request post-exposure treatement for Lyssavirus.
Found a bat needing help?
If you find a bat needing help, do not to touch it. Even Microbats can carry Lyssavirus. You should:
Want to know more?
Bats are really fascinating. Loved as lucky animals in some parts of the world, hated by some agriculturalists, feared as mythological 'devils' by some and studied by scientists for their amazing resistance to viral infection. If you'd like to learn more about bats, here are a couple of good places to start:
This page last updated August 2019